Sugar in various forms
Will your intake of sugar make you sick? A new book, “Year of No Sugar: A Memoir”, was written after the author watched a popular video discussing how devastating sugar is to the body. As a result the author devoted an entire year to abstaining from eating processed sugar in nearly any form - not just for herself, but also her husband and two young children.
What is the value in such an extreme experiment? From the author’s perspective, she appeared to be equally curious about the health effects of sugar as she was excited about an extreme challenge. I know how pervasive sugar is, and a year without any added sugars is a lot to take on.
But it’s not without value. From my perspective as a health coach, giving up all sugars for a period of time is extremely effective at accomplishing two goals. First, it forces people to become hyper-vigilant, read all labels, and ask questions about the foods they’re eating in restaurants. This provides a lot of information and great perspective about what’s really in purchased food. My clients and participants in cleanses are nearly always amazed at how much sugar is hidden in their foods – especially foods that we don’t think of as sweet.
Secondly, as long as the experiment is done for at least 2 weeks, people get to experience the physical benefits of eliminating sugar. Sugar affects people differently, but cutting down or eliminating it virtually always improves overall energy and mood, and can also improve your hormonal balance, reduce headaches, improve skin quality, improve digestion and immunity, and even alleviate allergies, among other individualized benefits.
It’s not necessary to completely […]